By Sonu Munshi for The Arizona Republic
The council unanimously passed a Memorandum of Understanding to retain its spring-training teams, the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres. Based on the agreement, the city would spend $48 million to keep the two teams playing spring ball at the Peoria Sports Complex through 2034.
The amount is far more than other Valley cities have spent on renovations. Peoria’s facility opened in 1994 as the first in the West Valley and the first to host two teams, which is now common.
Peoria’s goal is to complete the teams’ clubhouse improvements in 10 months after the 2013 season.
Peoria expects to spend $30 million to rebuild and increase the size of the teams’ clubhouses. An additional $6 million would go to improved seating, a party deck and upgraded stadium lighting.
Peoria would have to commit an additional $12 million by year 14 of the 20-year agreement for clubhouse and stadium improvements. The teams could opt out of the deal without penalty in year 15 if the funding was not made available.
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